Random crayon paintings depicting scenes from your child’s favorite movie. A big glob of toothpaste waiting on the wall after a running-late-for-work moment. Or a bright red ketchup stain from your last big game-day party. No matter the stain, you can bet there’s a DIY solution for it.
Let’s put on our cleaning gloves and look at some of the most common stains – and how to get rid of them.
Prepare Your Super Cleaner First:
Oops! Were you planning to get on the warpath against those stains without first preparing your cleaning supplies? Not so fast! You’ll need to mix up a little something to have on hand before you start scrubbing away.
For general cleaning and stain removal, white vinegar is your best friend. Follow this quick-fix recipe, and you’ll be good to go:
- Pour one part white vinegar with one part water into a clean spray bottle.
- Add a squirt of mild dish soap and shake well to combine.
- Label your bottle so you don’t accidentally use it for something else!
Now that you have your super cleaner let’s move on and take down the uglies.
Got Pet Stains? No Problem!
Pets – the darlings that they are – sometimes have accidents! If you’re dealing with pet stains, mix up a vinegar solution (same as above) and blot the stain with a clean cloth. Repeat until the stain is gone.
There’s also a mother-of-all-things-clean product that you can use to remove pet stains: baking soda! Just make a paste with some water, slather it on the stain, and let it sit for about 15 minutes. Vacuum it up, and you’re good to go!
Coffee Stains Got You Down?
We’ve all been there, you’re enjoying a nice cup of coffee, and suddenly you spill it all over your beautiful white shirt. Or, even worse, your brand-new cream-colored sofa. Fear not, coffee lovers; there is a way to remove coffee stains.
First, try blotting the stain with a damp cloth. If that doesn’t work, pull out your good-on-all-stains friend, vinegar solution, if that doesn’t work. Aim your gun (or, in this case, a spray bottle) and let that baby rip. You might have to do this a few times to get the desired result.
Permanent Marker Mishap
Kids. Aren’t they just the best? You turn your back for a millisecond, and they’ve drawn all over the walls. Now, you’re stuck with a permanent reminder of their artistic genius. Or, maybe you were the one who got a little too excited with the Sharpie and decided to draw mustaches on all the family portraits in the hallway. Either way, you’re in for a challenge.
The first step is to try to remove as much of the ink as possible with a dry erase marker, or if you’re dealing with crayons, go ahead and grab that box of baking soda. If that doesn’t do the trick, you can move on to more severe methods.
Mix equal parts of dish soap and water in a bucket and use a sponge to apply it to the stained areas. It may take some elbow work, but the stain will loosen over time, and you’ll be able to remove it.
That was therapeutic, wasn’t it? But, there’s one crucial thing to note! If your vigorous scrubbing and elbow grease don’t seem to be making a dent, it’s time to call in the professionals. Sometimes painting them over is the only way to go.
We are waiting to paint your walls new!